MCW was voted the Eastern Conference’s Rookie of the Month for November today. He led all rookies in scoring with 17.6 ppg, assists with 7.3 and steals at 2.9. He is the first Sixer since Allen Iverson in 1996 to win Rookie of the Month Honors (I know, what about Willie Green or Alvin Jones you ask!). Iverson went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after the season and so far Carter-Williams seems destined to follow in his footsteps.
The King’s Ben McLemore won the Western Conference’s ROM award.
Ok, so its been a while, but tonight the Sixers, mired in a four game losing streak take on the Orlando Magic, who are pretty evenly matched with our Sixers.
In the past two weeks things have happened. Spencer Hawes has been hurt. Kendall Marshall, who was once a lottery pick is now with the 87ers. Andrew Wiggins has played poorly, Jabari Parker has been a beast and the Sixers have started traveling down the most common-sense path for the organization. Happy trails Sixers, who are now the seventh-worst team in the NBA.
The Magic (6-11)
PG Jameer Nelson
SG Victor Oladipo
SF Aaron Affalo
PF Glen Davis
C Nikola Vucevic
The Sixers (6-11)
PG Michael Carter-Williams
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Spencer Hawes
Tony Wroten, Jr. put up a triple-double for the Sixers tonight while starting for the first time this season in place of the injured Michael Carter-Williams. The Sixers’ sixth man dropped 18 on the Rockets to go along with 10 boards and 11 assists.
Equally as impressive tonight was James Anderson, who scored a career-high 36 against his former team. The Sixers held a lead going into the half, fell behind by as many as nine, and tied the game to send it to overtime, where Spencer Hawes scored the go-ahead basket with 34 seconds left.
The Sixers overcame a building-record nine three pointers made by Jeremy Lin, who started in place of James Harden (who doesn’t like to play D)
Dwight Howard added 23 and 15 for the Rockets who fell to 5-4 on the season. The Sixers are now a surprising 5-4 which puts them on pace to be the Bucks. Think about this, this team is fun to watch but can they really win in the future without a star? A real star, I know I made a supposition about Tony Parker and Michael Carter-Williams, but Tony Parker played with two real stars for his entire career. Who wins any other way? I don’t enjoy losing, but I also don’t want the team to add Carmelo Anthony in the off-season and hope he meshes with young players.
Philly Mag published a guide to cheering for the tanking Sixers. They did beat the Heat though….
The Sixers got their season started on the right (wrong?) foot tonight with an impressive win over the Heat in their season opener at the Wells Fargo Center.
Evan Turner scored 25 and Spencer Hawes contributed 24, but the real hero of the night was Michael Carter-Williams. In his NBA debut, the 6’6 rookie finished one steal shy of a triple-double, finishing the night with 22 points, 12 assists and 9 steals. He set a record for the most steals by a player in an NBA debut.
The Heat, who were without Dwayne Wade were led by Lebron James’ 25 points.
Money on his “beloved” Seahawks that is:
Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer has confirmed that the Sixers have signed Rodney Williams, a rookie free agent from Minnesota, to a multi-year contract.
Williams, a 6-7 G/F, played with the Sixers’ Orlando Pro Summer League team and will be on the roster when the season begins.
Who’s That Guy: Rodney Williams coming soon.
Is this all it took to get rid of him?
Just when it seemed that “Who’s This Guy?” was done with, Keith Pompey of Philly.com reports that the Sixers have reached an agreement with Darius Morris, a three year veteran point guard. Morris has split time between the Lakers and their D-League Affiliate, the D-Fenders, over the past three seasons and is expected to play significant minutes this upcoming season. He averaged 4 ppg and had a turnover-assist ratio of about 1:1 last year, so this should prove to be something.